EPT11 Grand Final: Seiver still on for high roller hat-trick
Scott Seiver is ridiculous. In a good way. In a very good way.
In 2014 and 2015 he's had 21 cashes for a combined $6,603,117. The average buy-in of the events he's cashed in is $91,000 now we're not saying he's a high roller specialist but...actually we are.
With 37 players left in the €25,000 High Roller (31 pay) Seiver is poised to complete a remarkable Monaco hat-trick. He finished eighth in the $100,000 Super High Roller (€261,800), ninth in the 'One Day' €50K (€92,860) and when he's not been busy bashing up high rollers he's found time to win side events. A victory in a €5,000 pot-limit Omaha eight-handed event here earned him €75,900 and a fourth EPT side event/high roller trophy.
With 44 players left though it looked as if Seiver's streak might be cut short as he got involved in a huge had against Igor Kurganov. The pre-flop action is unknown but on a T♥A♦8♠ flop Kurganov (button) had a bet of 55,000 in front of him and Seiver (under-the-gun) had moved all-in for 264,500. Seiver had put Kurganov in the hurt locker and Seiver was resting his head on his arms which were both flat on the felt. These two no doubt have a bit of history and Russian/German was dwelling for so long that Seiver decided to call the clock.
A member of tournament staff came over but before Kurganov was read his rights he elected to call, Seiver showed A♠K♥ whilst Kurganov had A♣K♠. The board ran 3♦Q♠ and the pot was chopped. Seiver acknowledged the tough call that Kurganov had to make and pointed to the Q♠ and said: "Oh my god," clearly indicating that if Kurganov had called with ace-queen then it would've been a sick river.
So Seiver was safe for now, but a short time later a queen on the river would hurt him as he took a hit in a three-way all-in pot. Faraz Jaka was the first to shove - all-in for 59,500 - Dan Smith then moved all-in over the top for 178,000 and Seiver re-shoved, covering both players.
The 4♦4♠8♥4♣Q♥ board hit Smith hardest, eliminating Jaka and leaving Seiver with around 30 big blinds and a chance of going one better than last year when he finished runner-up in this event.
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